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Jan 17, 2015 20:28:25   #
Keenan wrote:
Um, not sure where you've been for the last few decades. Every time Republicans take over they cause economic recessions or depressions. It took until last year to recover from the Bush economic recession of 2008-2010. Now the Repubs want a repeat, as they try to dismantle Dodd Frank and let Wall Street do the same catastrophic antics yet again.

What are you talking about? When did the Republicans ever take over and cause a recession or depression? You are calling the recession of 2008 - 2010 a "Bush" recession? The President was Obama and both branches of Congress were Democratic. Whose recession is that? For most of the eight years Bush was in office, the U.S. had the largest economic boom in its history. Record low unemployment, highest wealth creation ever, extremely high growth in the Gross Domestic Product. Because we had a downturn in the last three months of Bush's presidency, people try to paint that as some sort of absolute failure. I will take that any day over what we have now.

Like I said in my post, the last six years of Obama have seen more regulation, less privatization, more food stamps, more welfare, and more unemployment benefits. And what has this done for our economy?
Jan 17, 2015 19:06:40   #
idaholover wrote:

Hey Idaho Man, that is one hell of a link! Thanks for posting.
Jan 17, 2015 08:46:07   #
Keenan wrote:
Hyper-deregulation and privatization, leading to another financial bubble and collapse, slashing of food stamps and welfare programs and unemployment benefits, slashing of infrastructure spending, all leading to a long economic depression as the consumer class' spending power is crushed and the middle class is finally destroyed.

I certainly wish all this WOULD happen, but I don't think any of it would lead to a long economic depression as you say. Please explain why the exact opposite of what you said here has been going on for the last six years (more regulation, less privatization, more food stamps, more welfare programs and unemployment benefits), and we DO have a long economic depression.
Jan 17, 2015 08:32:00   #
I found it highly hypocritical that a woman from Russia should be casting aspersions about the U.S. imposing their will on another country. When she kept saying that Iraqis did not want democracy imposed on them, Monckton could have asked her "Then why do they keep Democracy going until this day?" Despite the troubles in Iraq, they have not yet reverted back to a Dictatorship.

In typical lefty fashion, the Russian woman repeatedly tried to talk over Lord Monckton and cut off his dialogue with her own.
Jan 12, 2015 17:10:02   #
larrypayne wrote:
Using a flash on camera is the worst lighting ever devised.

I'll bet you didn't know that?

Hello Larry, I have never responded to single post of yours, but since you did not mention anything about Zionism or the Jews in this short comment, I feel compelled to agree with you on this very specific issue. Flashes mounted on cameras give about the worst possible lighting situation possible. Especially when doing portraits. All the normal three-dimentional structures become flattened out because the shadows all disappear. This has caused me tremendous headaches when painting portraits from someone's old snapshots, which is what I am doing at this very moment.

Now in the spirit of this thread, I am unwatching. Good Luck.
Jan 12, 2015 16:56:46   #
Frank T wrote:
Steve, Good theory but wrong. In addition to the cities like NY and Seattle that have raised the minimum wage, the following states raised the minimum wage over the federal number. No, none of them are $15.00 an hour and I don't think anyone expects it be that high. It's a negotiating strategy.

Meanwhile, these states are above the federal standard already.
Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Vermont, Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Delaware.

So, guess you're wrong.
Steve, Good theory but wrong. In addition to the c... (show quote)

I am sorry, but it is exactly like I said. The liberal States that have raised the minimum wage have made only token raises, enough to keep the masses from grumbling. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The absolute highest minimum wage on the State level is The District of Columbo (the annoying stogie smokin' detective) at $9.50 an hour. Vermont and Connecticut are just a smidgeon over $9.00 an hour. This is barely two dollars more. And those are the highest ones. The recent protesters from fast food restaurants were asking for anywhere between fifteen and thirty dollars an hour!

I still stand entirely by my statement.
Jan 12, 2015 14:03:59   #
tschmath wrote:
My point, that all of you conservatives miss, is that raising the minimum wage or guaranteeing health care is NOT an economic disaster as you always seem to think it is. I could care less about the tipping. I'm not suggesting everyone makes the same, you are twisting my words.

Someone with a high school education should not be making as much as a college graduate with a PhD, unless that high school graduate started his own business or invented something. But that high school graduate, working in a Denny's, or a Wal Mart, should not have to be on food stamps or Medicaid. That was my point, plain and simple.
My point, that all of you conservatives miss, is ... (show quote)

How have you proven that it is not an economic disaster? Here is something to consider:

There are liberal enclaves in all the big cities of the United States, where there is virtually NO republican opposition in their legislatures. Every one of them could have raised their local or State minimum wage as high as they pleased at any time they wanted to. Yet in reality, not a single one of them has ever raised the minimum wage more than a token amount, in order to keep their base from grumbling too much. This is because even democrat politicians know that it would be a financial disaster. Seattle has taken the boldest step by enacting a raise to $15.00 an hour. But even they are phasing it in incrementally over several years time. Why not do it immediately if it is so good?
Jan 12, 2015 11:59:39   #
RichieC wrote:
???? A restaurant ON ITS OWN, decided to pay waitstaff more money... thinking that this is against right wing mantra is ridiculously stupid. What any right wing would be firmly against is the GOVERNMENT COMING IN AND DEMANDING THEY PAY wait staff more, and making it illegal to tip for good service! DUH!

But I know first hand about places that pool tips and this is sort of the same thing. The good waiters and waitresses leave those places because they can make more when left to their own skills...or if they stay, they quickly learn to not do more then the worst of them.. why should one talented waitperson get six tables, but get paid the same as another who can only cover two? The socialist in you won't comprehend the problem.

To Liberal left wingers- this is an offense, why should one person make more in tips then another... we should all be paid the same... damn the customers.
???? A restaurant ON ITS OWN, decided to pay waits... (show quote)

:thumbup: Great Points!
Jan 12, 2015 05:09:24   #
tschmath wrote:
This country has always been about people working hard. Not everyone has the advantage of privilege, but everyone has the opportunity to do an honest day's work. If someone is willing to work hard, then he or she should not have to live in poverty. Plain and simple.

This sounds well and good, but it does not answer my question "Why should they not have to live in poverty?" You just kind of said "Well, they just shouldn't!" We live in a super abundant society and I think that people are so used to this that they sometimes get the idea that everybody deserves to have whatever they need, because of some immutable law of nature. I know this is an ideal that most people strive for, but things don't always work out like we want them to. You might think this seems like a minor point, but you can't just blink your eves like "I Dream of Jeanie" and declare that it will be.

"Please don't hand me bullshit about improving his or her own situation". I have no idea what you mean by that.

"As to your second question, the Constitution guarantees everyone "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". The first word there is "life". If you get sick and die, you don't have life. Health is as basic a human right as free speech. We guarantee our citizens the right to carry guns, we should guarantee health care to everyone. Being healthy should not send people into bankruptcy or make them homeless. As human beings we need to take care of each other, and guarantee that everyone has access to quality healthcare."

I don't think that the writer of the Declaration of Independence (not the Constitution) had in mind socialized healthcare when he wrote that. He meant that "we will not kill you". There is no right to healthcare. You may think there SHOULD be one, but there is not one in this country. As far as everybody should have access to quality healthcare, they already do. And they did long before Obamacare was enacted. But I know personally, people who have received free healthcare that did not deserve it in my opinion. I actually don't buy into this notion that everybody deserves healthcare.
Jan 12, 2015 00:56:47   #
tschmath wrote:
Conservatives rail against raising the minimum wage, against health care, against every action to give people a decent life. Some people, like this restaurant owner, do these things voluntarily, and without a serious downside. But lots of others don't, and that's why we need minimum wage laws and mandatory health care from employers. It can be done, and should be done. This story lays to a lie all the economic arguments conservatives use against these things. No one in this country should have to work full time and still live in poverty, and no one in this country, regardless of employment situation, should be without health care.
Conservatives rail against raising the minimum wag... (show quote)

Yes, conservatives rail against raising the minimum wage, but that is exactly my point. The minimum wage is the government forcing one individual to pay another individual a certain amount of money, regardless if he earns it or not. The restaurant owner you have cited is doing this of his own free will. If the business plan doesn't work out, he is free to discard or change it. The government should not dictate how you should run your own business unless you are impinging on someone else.

The story of the restaurant doesn't lay to a lie any economic arguments by conservatives at all because there is no answer yet on whether it succeeded or not. The guy just announced what he is going to do. Nobody has any idea whether it will work or not. In fact Racmanaz posted a story of a restaurant that tried it, and found that they had to raise their prices in order to survive.

I don't think you have a firm grasp on conservative ideas.

This last question is not meant to provoke or insult you. Why do you think that no one in this country should have to work full time and still live in poverty, and why no one regardless of their employment situation should be without healthcare?
Jan 11, 2015 23:51:44   #
tschmath wrote:
I know a lot of people on this forum disagree with a lot of the things I post.

But the impression I get is that almost all of us, regardless of political bias, agree that Larry Payne is a Jew-hating nut job.

Here is my suggestion: we need to stop responding to anything he posts. Plain and simple. None of us buy his line of crazy, and we're certainly not going to make his crazy go away, so let's stop responding to anything he posts, even if it's just a response to someone else. Maybe if we stop giving him a reason to show off his special brand of crazy he'll just pack up his insanity and go away.

Are you with me?
I know a lot of people on this forum disagree with... (show quote)

I am right with you on this Tschmath. His lines of discussion are so outlandish that I find it silly to try to refute them. It would be a waste of time that could be spent on so many other topics, with people who at least have a couple of brain cells to rub together that can form some sort of rational thought.
Jan 11, 2015 23:36:47   #
The Obama administration's silence on such issues is deafening. Don't forget that Obama was silent for over a week when Iran's young masses were demonstrating and threatening to revolt against their government. Only after prodding from all the prominent democrats such as Hillary and Biden, did he issue a statement. Even then, he lied about it and said that he had been supporting them publicly all along.
Jan 11, 2015 23:21:07   #
tschmath wrote:
Full time employment, way above minimum wage, with health care and stock, and they're hiring. All without raising prices.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Bans Tips, Will Pay Servers A Livable Salary Instead

"OK, Righties, What is your answer to this???"

What makes you think right-wingers would have a problem with this? A staple in conservative (or right-wing) philosophy is letting business owners do what they damn well please. I say hooray to whatever they would like to try. I am completely unaware of any right-wing opposition to waiters getting tips or a decent salary.
Jan 9, 2015 14:26:43   #

Chill a bit. I think Mr. Seward is being sarcastic and mocking the people who refuse to acknowledge the danger of militant Islam even when it stares them in the face ... or murders people.[/quote]
Thanks Mr. LA Shooter. I considered putting an "end of sarcasm" disclaimer at the end of my message, but I thought it would dampen the humor.

And please don't shoot too many people in L.A. They have enough problems.
Jan 8, 2015 19:53:28   #
I am sure this cannot be true. A number of liberal posters on Hedgehog have pointed out that there is nothing to fear from Militant Islam. I have learned that it is racist and right-wing propagandist to relay such stories, even if they are true.
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